Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / September 15, 2010 / 15 de Septiembre 2010
|0915-0||Send us Your Photos|
|0915-2||Save the Dates|
|0915-3||Lifespan Faith Development|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith
How To Save Money And Green Your Home
|0915-6||Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
First Unitarian Church of San Jose Board Meetings
|0915-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
TSCC Looking for a Bookkeeper
|0915-11||Interested in Circle Suppers?|
UU Hikers & Friends
|0915-14||Let’s Start a Journey Together|
|0915-15||Spotlight on Social Justice|
|0915-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0915-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe
|0915-5||Como Ahorrar Dinero Y “Enverdecer” Su Hogar
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
|0915-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
19 de septiembre 9:30 a.m.
La Jornada de la Transformación
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
The Journey of Transformation
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
September 19 11:00 a.m.
Forgive and Remember
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Perdonar y Recordar
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
26 de septiembre 9:30 a.m.
Para Crear una Familia Humana Sagrada
Dirige: La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y un Coro de Voces
September 26 11:00 a.m.
To Create One Sacred Human Family
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and a Chorus of Voices
3 de Octubre SERVICIO COMBINADO A LAS 10:30 a.m.!
Reflexiones de Nuestra Consultora, la Rev. Alicia Forde
La Reverenda Alicia ha estado trabajando con los Ministros y la Mesa Directiva durante el verano en preparación para la consulta para toda la Congregación sobre nuestra misión multicultural, la cual será el día anterior, el sábado, 2 de octubre. Ella trae sus perspectivas de su trabajo con el resto de la denominación y de su propia vida, combinadas con sabias reflexiones en nuestra propia Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José. Es el domingo de Asociación, “Celebrando los 50 años de la UUA y el futuro de nuestra fe” un reconocimiento compartido por las congregaciones Unitarias Universalistas alrededor del país. Tendremos una recolecta especial para la Asociación Unitaria Universalistay compartiremos nuestras alegrías y tristezas.
Dirige: la Rev. Alicia Forde; Asociados de Culto: Los Revs. Nancy Palmer Jones y Geoff Rimositis
October 3 COMBINED SERVICE AT 10:30 a.m.!
Reflections from Our Consultant, the Rev. Alicia Forde
Worship Leader: the Rev. Alicia Forde; Worship Associates: the Revs. Nancy Palmer Jones and Geoff Rimositis
Save the Dates
Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 4 Years
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Each week our paid staff members, Maria Elena Olvera and Glynda Cotton, provide a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.
Children & Youth Classes Begin On September 19
PreK (4 years) through First Grade Creating Home
Second through Fourth Grades Moral Tales
Children from PreK through Fourth Grade for 10 Sundays will be engaged in music with leaders Sally Cooperrider and Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com/ in October, January and May. The morning will include 30 minutes of singing and music using Orff percussion instruments. With the opportunity for children to participate in Sunday services. Sally took Orff training this summer! And for the second 30 minutes the children will experience yoga with Shirley Worth.
On two Sundays there will be a Social Justice Project and on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Monday birthday celebration we are inviting all the families of the church to participate in a day of service.
And on nine Sundays through the year, from September through June, children will be together with the whole community in worship on Celebration Sundays.
Fifth Grade Neighboring Faiths
Goals for Participants:
Sixth through Eighth Grades Junior High Youth Group
Ninth through Twelfth Grades Senior High Youth Group (Youth Group Room)
Youth Group Advisors: V Kingsley, Greg Muller and Cordelia Willis
If you are interested in participating in any of the child, youth or adult classes or activities please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858,ext.25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Eighth Through Tenth Grades Coming of Age
The mission of The First Unitarian Church of San Jose’s Coming of Age Program is:
To provide experiences for our youth that will help them integrate their childhood into their emerging adulthood with a clear sense of themselves and their place in the church and in the world.
The program is designed to help our young people:
Each youth participating in the program will have a mentor (an adult member from the congregation) who will serve as an important companion throughout the year. The mentor will join their mentee in an open and supportive relationship in which fellowship, honesty and fun are central. The mentor will serve as a resource and advisor by sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences on matters of the head (knowledge), hands (service), heart (relationships), and spirit (reverence and wonder). The Coming of Age Task Force will help each participant choose a mentor that is right for him or her.
In addition to each participant’s local congregational involvement there will be a series of three retreats during the year in which we will join with other Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age youth from around the bay area. The retreats will give youth the opportunity to do some fun and challenging activities like a Ropes Course and a Nature Vigil.
At the culmination of the Coming of Age Program in May of 2010 there will be a special Coming of Age Sunday in which youth in our congregation and from around the district will be honored by their local congregations. That evening there will be a dinner and at our church to celebrate the completion of the program.
Coming of Age is an opportunity for youth to: challenge themselves both physically and spiritually; develop meaningful relationships with other youth and adults; gain a greater understanding of Unitarian Universalism and what it means to them and; to have lots of fun enjoying the many gifts life presents to us.
For a brochure and registration form please contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25
2010-2011 Lifespan Faith Development Calendar
Class Guides & Curriculum Leader Trainings
For Pre-K(4 Years) through First Grade and Second through Fourth Grades:
What are Class Guides and a Curriculum Leaders?
Curriculum Leaders teach the assigned lesson accessed on-line, for PreK-First, Creating Home at: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/creatinghome/index.shtml
And for Second through Fourth Grade, Moral Tales at: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/moraltales/index.shtml
With the Class Guides serving as homeroom teachers, the Curriculum Guides can focus on the lesson they are presenting knowing that there is a person who knows the children and will handle any behavior issues that might come up.
Parents, prospective volunteers and curious folks who are interested in learning more about our Sunday Program for children in PreK-Fourth Grade are invited to attend either of the two up coming trainings on Tuesday, September 7, 7-9 p.m., or Sunday, September 19, 9-10:30 a.m. at the church in the lower level classrooms. Please RSVP with Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Adult Class: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
Leader: Rev Geoff Rimositis; RSVP GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Help Needed for Coming of Age Retreat
By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
San Jose will be hosting the first district Coming of Age Retreat on October 15-17 at our church. We will be spending Saturday at Walden West in Saratoga doing their ropes course. A school bus will take us up and back from the course. We will need help with food for the weekend.
We need people to volunteer to bring the items listed below (the quantities may change after we get our final numbers). People sign up for one of the meals or snacks. The biggest job is being cook for Saturday’s dinner. A team of 5 people would be ideal. It would mean cooking, serving, and cleaning up. The youth would help (somewhat) but we will want to steer them into activities. Please let me know in what ways you could help with the retreat.
Saturday Lunch (We need fixings that youth will make at the ropes course)
1. Sandwich bread, peanut butter and jelly (double that), mayo, mustard, turkey, cheese, lettuce, cookies, apples, oranges, large container of lemonade and Tang and water (anyone have large water containers with valves we can borrow?)
2. Paper towels and personal water bottles that could be refilled, sharpies to mark the bottles.
3. It would be helpful if everything could be boxed up and put in coolers (I have one) for us so we can put them on the bus on Saturday morning and take them with us to the ropes course.
Saturday Dinner (We need people to cook, prepare, and clean up at the church)
1. 3 party-size Stouffers lasagnas (one veggie, one meat)
2. 50 sorbet cups for snack or dessert
3. Salad fixings and dressing
4. Garlic bread
5. Cookies or brownies for dessert
Saturday and Sunday Breakfast (We need people to bring this stuff to the church)
Bagels, cream cheese, milk, soy milk, dry cereals, packaged oatmeal assortments, fruit, tea, coffee, orange juice.
Snacks for Friday and Saturday evenings (We need people to bring this stuff to the church)
Ice cream and the fixings for sundaes; soda (non-caffeinated), chips, crackers, cut up cheese, veggies, fruit.
All purchases are reimbursable and cash advances are available if needed. Please contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org if you can help with the retreat.
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
One-paragraph salutes now welcome!
First Unitarian Church of San Jose Board Meetings
By Bob Redfern, Board Secretary
Your Church Board met 4 times in 5 weeks, and the Board Secretary (yours truly) fell behind in his communication responsibilities with you, the Church Community. Time to catch up!
July 28 Board Meeting
August 14 Board Retreat
We had agreed at earlier meetings that previous versions included many of these themes, but our Mission Statement was a bit wordy, and our models suggested it should be concise and rarely in need of change or modification. The Vision Statement, on the other hand, states goals to reach for in a finite period of time, and can change or be modified as needed.
We continued reviewing the monitoring reports prepared by the Program and Operations Committee. Social Justice and Communications were reviewed during the July and September Board meetings, respectively. This process is taking a while because it is new to all involved, but it lays down a template for future reports on how these reports should become a fixture for your leadership.
The most exciting part of our retreat was the “15 Questions” prepared in advance. We prepared answers in advance concerning why we are here at FUCSJ, what we like, what troubles us, what is inspiring, and more. It was one of the liveliest exchanges we have had as we dealt with questions individually, in pairs, and as a group of the whole.
Our goals as we developed them included:
1. Develop a Mission Statement and Vision Statement for the near future and communicate it to the Congregation and gather their input.
2. Make a Plan for Leadership of a Congregational Conversation about our identity and mission.
3. Fill in remaining blank spots in our Policy (Role and Reporting by Committee on Ministry is most important for Rev. Nancy’s sabbatical). Also involve Nominating Committee and Endowment Committee for consideration.
4. Remain actively involved in reviewing policies for compliance and self-evaluation,
5. Create our process for an annual report.
6. Set up a bylaws committee.
7. Develop communications about church leadership structure and make our governance transparent to the congregation.
8. Appoint an Audit Committee (done). This committee has prepared a report for the Finance Committee and delivered it for implementation. Thanks for your dedicated, hard work.
August 25 Board Meeting
Marla Scharf was approved as a member of the Committee on Ministry. And we sent a thank you note to the audit committee, Monty Lowe, Gene Martin and Ro Morris for preparing a report whose need was pointed out at the Congregational Meeting in May.
It is worth noting that the Alicia Forde visit is also part of our response to issues brought forward at that meeting about our multicultural community and how to support and expand it.
Why did we have a Board Meeting one week after our August Meeting? Well, very little business was conducted on August 25th, and we agreed at our retreat to move our monthly board meeting from the last to first Wednesday each month. So our next meeting will be October 6th. We approved the addition of Norma Alicia O’Connell to the Committee on Ministry.
September 1 Board Meeting
TSCC Looking for a Bookkeeper
The Third Street Community Center is looking for bookkeeper to manage our books. This person must be knowledgeable and proficient with QuickBooks nonprofit accounting software. Tasks include managing A/R, A/P, payroll, and producing monthly financials including bank reconciliations, P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow projections. Some higher level analysis and communication with funding sources regarding the invoice process will be required. Two years or more of experience managing nonprofit financial records is preferred. This is a contract position averaging 12-15 hours per month. If you are interested, please email your resume and 2 professional references to email@example.com. Please email in PDF format.
Again let me know if you are joining us unless you are a regular and you know who you are. Call on my home phone 408 730 1052 or email me. I will check it in the morning before the hike. You can call my cell phone 408 507 7052 after 7:30 am the morning of the hike. If I am driving I will not answer, so just leave me a message and I’ll check it when I get parked. See you on the trails!
Wednesday, September 15
Saturday, September 18
Wednesday, September 22
Saturday, September 25
Wednesday, September 29
Saturday, October 2
New Member Ingathering, Sunday, October 3
Our next New Member Ingathering will be held during the service on Sunday, October 3, when our new members will be introduced to the congregation. To explore membership in our church community please contact, the Reverend Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
UU Art Gallery Open Again on Sept.26!
Take a stroll around Hattie Porter Hall to admire the artistry of Joyce Miller on the 26th as you enjoy your coffee and donut. This is how she developed her magical powers with quilting:
“I have been sewing since I was 7 years old. I worked on an old Singer treadle machine until my Dad put an electric motor on it. I used that machine until I was 18 when I got my own feather- weight Singer machine. I have always loved fabric. I did not start quilting until I retired in 2000. I knew that I wanted to get into quilting, and had been thinking about it for years, but I never had the time to pursue it. Once I had the time, I bought a couple of books about quilting and started frequenting quilt shops. I quickly got hooked and started making quilts for my grandkids. I took a class in Japanese quilting and started to think differently about color and texture. I began to learn new quilting techniques using appliqué and embroidery. Since I had many years of sewing experience, quilting was very easy for me. I have always considered myself a technically competent craftsperson but not a real artist. Lately I have branched out a bit into more artistic uses of fabric and want to continue to develop and explore new ideas. Recently I have enjoyed making kaleidoscope squares, which combines finding the right fabrics with making your own designs. The precision required in cutting and sewing appeals to me. I hope you enjoy seeing my work.”
If you have art that you would like to share with the congregation in HPH on a Sunday morning, please contact Genie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our group is continuing to form and all are welcome to attend. The regular meetings continue the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30. For more information, contact Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com
by Tim Blackwood, email@example.com
Jay and Nancy saw one of the films at the recently held Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco. Jay will tell us a little bit about it.
We will start a first-Sunday-of-the-month forum on October 3, 9:45-10:45 am in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Amy will select the first topic and facilitate the first forum. Details for the future to be discussed and decided... as well as topics for future Third Monday group.
July 14-29, July 21-August 4, 2011
The Partner Church Committee will offer 2 trips to Homoródszentmárton in 2011. The first trip from July 14 to July 29 will include a more adult oriented programs with classes in the arts and culture of the village. The second trip will be youth oriented from July 21 to August 4 with less structure. All travelers must be high school age or older. The youth and their families will have priority for the second trip. The approximate cost for the trip is $2,600. This includes airfare, but not food in Budapest and Kolozsvar. We will have scholarship opportunities for anyone who needs help with the cost of the trip. Please contact Monty Low for scholarship and fundraising needs.
The first trip will begin with 2 full days in Budapest, but the second trip will have only 1 full day in Budapest. The trips will then travel to Kolozsvar, Romania for 1 day where we will visit Unitarian heritage sites. The trips will travel to our partner church in the village of Homoródszentmárton where we will stay 7 nights. There will be a one-night overlap when both trips will be in the village. While in the village we will work on service projects with our hosts and learn about the life, history and culture of our Unitarian partners. Finally we will travel to Budapest for a one-day visit and then fly home. Please contact Monty Low, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information or if you are interested in joining us on one of the trips.
September 19 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
October 24 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
November 14 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
January 16 - Compassion in the Midst of Crisis
February 27 - Caring for Care Givers
Sacred Reading Circle
This Sacred Reading Circle, facilitated by Rev. Donna Lenahan, will meet in her home for seven Wednesday evenings from 6:20 to 8:50 pm, on October 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and November 4 and 11.
The book we will use is For the Love of God; Handbook for the Spirit by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield. It is a wonderful collection of original writing by twenty-five extraordinary writers (such as The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Huston Smith) celebrating their personal experiences of the divine. Donna has a few of these books.
Come enjoy tea and discussion with like-minded journeyers on the path. $5 per session is suggested.
Marianne Williamson says: “Books such as this one are maps back home. They bridge us back to the essential self. They remind us who we are and grant us the peace of remembering at last.”
Please e-mail Donna at: email@example.com or call her at 408-354-9024 to let her know you are interested. The group is limited to ten participants.
Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 2010
Annual Pacific Central District Men’s Retreat: